02 May 2013

Montmorency; Eleanor Updale

Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (Montmorency, #1)Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, I'm late to the party on this one. Still, better late than never, right?

The world of Victorian era London is the setting, but it's not as detailed and defined as it might have been. That's not a bad thing, because we have more time for the story of a nameless man, a thief, caught because he crashes through a skylight and is "rescued" by a doctor convinced he can heal this thief's wounds. While recuperating in prison, he learns more tricks of the trade and upon his release launches his plan: a dual life as a gentleman (Montmorency) and thief (Scarper). The blending of the two lives occasionally requires a suspension of disbelief, but it's interesting.

Also interesting is how Montmorency quickly learns to fit in with the upper class, passing as "one of them" (albeit one that comes from the country, not town-bred). His reaction to La Traviata was the perfect one for someone in his position. His new adventures with the foreign office should prove to be a lot of fun for readers.

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